Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

Signs You Need To Repair Your Sewage Line

Your home's sewage line is the connection that the plumbing of your home connects with the municipal waste disposal network. Because of the nature of this connection, any sort of damage or wear can have some pretty serious consequences for your home that are both nasty and expensive to fix. Thankfully, there are a couple of warning signs that you can look out for to determine when you should contact a plumber to service your home's sewage line before it fails completely.

Constant Drain Cleaning

If you consistently have to contact a professional plumbing company to come in and clear out your home's drains, you likely have an issue with the actual sewage hookup. This is usually because of a blockage or break that a traditional commercial grade drain snake or drain cleaning process won't be able to get rid of, and may necessitate a complete replacement of the sewage line itself.

Slow Running Drains

If you have issues with the drains in your home not draining, you may have to contact a plumber to take a look at your sewage line. Keep in mind that this means that the majority, if not all, of your drains are blocked or are not draining possibly. If an individual drain is the only one in your home that won't drain quickly, you likely only have a blockage in that area of your home's plumbing, which can be easily removed either with a drain cleaner or a drain snake.

Bad Smells

If you smell something that you shouldn't be smelling coming out of your drains, especially drains that you usually can't smell things out of (like shower drains or the washing machine), your sewer line may be to blame. Try washing a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drain to see if you can remove the smell: if it does not work, you should contact a plumber as soon as you can.

Backing Up

In a similar vein to the above point, if you notice any dirty water or actual sewage actually coming back up out of your drains, you likely have to contact a plumber to take a look at your sewage line. This is the most serious sign of sewage line issues. This usually points to a significant blockage in the line itself, and will need to be cleared out before you can continue using your home's water fixtures as you normally would.

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